Continuous Improvement Master,

Sweden, Västra Götaland, Stenungsund

Business unit: Surface Chemistry

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Are you a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, passionate about continuous improvement and an effective change agent and team leader? Then we have an exciting and challenging job opportunity for you as Continuous Improvement Master at AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry.
As Continuous Improvement Master you will supervise, coach and train teams of regional Continuous Improvement Expert Managers who are leading complex improvement projects with significant impact. You will be a key resource in identifying and defining improvement opportunities and operate across functional lines to drive change, improve efficiency and help building a long term continuous improvement culture based on Lean Six Sigma principles.
You will work in your home region but also assist in driving Len Six Sigma initiatives on a global basis.
Main responsibilities 
- Serves, along with fellow Continuous Improvement Masters, as the technical expert on the use and training of Lean Six Sigma.
- Provides Lean Six Sigma expert content for the development and enhancement of the BU and Company program.
- Acts as the line manager for the Continuous Improvement Experts in the region. Provides on-going management, support and development to Continuous Improvement Expert direct reports.
- Provides on-going coaching and support to the Continuous Improvement Experts in learning and using the Lean Six Sigma methodology in their projects and activities in BU Surface Chemistry.
- Delivers initial training to the Continuous Improvement Experts, Continuous Improvement Practitioners and, as needed, throughout the organization.
- Acts as a coach and on-going teacher to the Continuous Improvement Advanced Practitioners, managers and, as needed, in the organization.
- Develops tools and models that will enable BU SC to learn and continuously improve knowledge, engagement and use of L6S in daily activities.
- Assists in the development and deployment of the Lean Six Sigma program and helps provide visibility of the program across BU SC.
- Responsible for driving for the successful delivery of the benefits and the completion of Continuous Improvement Expert projects.
- Leads complex, high-priority improvement projects, as directed by the Program Director, to provide the right level of leadership on critical projects and initiatives

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Closing date

October 07, 2016

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Västra Götaland



Business unit

Surface Chemistry

Sub business unit

Surface Chemistry Operations

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

-   Master’s degree within engineering, technology, business, economics or finance.
- Certified L6S Master Continuous Improvement Expert / L6S Master Black Belt.
- At least 3 years’ experience as Master Continuous Improvement Expert + 3 years’ experience as Continuous Improvement Expert, preferably within chemical or pharma industries and/or supply chain.
- Excellent communication and public speaking skills; able to inspire others to work together and effectively.
- Able to effectively interact with different cultures and all levels in the organization.
- Team management skills and extensive experience in training and coaching.
- Experienced project manager.
- High performance level and ability to multi task in a fast paced environment.
- Fluent in English, both verbal and written.
- Willing to travel internationally and domestically as much as 50%.
What can AkzoNobel offer you?
If you share our values and ambitions, we can give you a career where your knowledge and ambitions will be recognized and rewarded. You will be working in an international environment with many possibilities to develop, both personally and professionally, together with likeminded people that share your attitude and enthusiasm. By working for AkzoNobel you will also help us to achieve our ambition – to be the first choice by our customers, shareholders and employees, all over the world.
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Additional information
This is a permanent position on a full time basis, reporting to the BU Director Continuous Improvements and based in Stenungsund, Sweden.
Please apply via our online recruitment system with an uploaded job specific CV and application letter. We do not accept applications via e-mail, these applications will be disregarded.
For additional information about the vacancy please contact Freddy Martinez, BU Director Continuous Improvements, on +1 312 259-7408.
For information about the recruitment process, please contact Kristina Nygren, Talent Resourcing Partner, on +46 31 58 74 77.
For unions related questions, please contact Bo Mannerstedt, Akademikerklubben, via our switchboard + 46 303 850 00.
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